As local authorities move to the cloud, their print estates are being left behind with worrying consequences for productivity and efficiency warns managed services provider (MSP) Annodata.
Results of a Freedom of Information (FoI) request issued to 79 local authorities throughout England show that while 58% of councils are using cloud-based solutions to some extent, only 6% have implemented any form of cloud-based printing.
Rod Tonna-Barthet, chief executive officer at Annodata, said: “Cloud has a great deal to offer the UK’s public sector, due to its ability to improve efficiencies, drive cost savings and increase flexibility. Although there seems to be mounting interest amongst councils in the cloud delivery model for certain aspects of the IT estate, there are still great strides to be made when it comes to migrating the print estates over to a cloud-based environment. The printed page is, undoubtedly, still an integral element for the day-to-day functions of England’s councils, but with inefficient printer estates that often consist of many different devices, these organisations may well be leaving themselves open to a deficiency in cost savings and productivity.”